Research and study opportunities

arrow SARAO E-Learning
The E-Learning platform offers online teaching and training material to universities in South Africa and across the continent, allowing for more academic institutions to participate in radio astronomy research. Pre-recorded lectures and presentation slides, hands-on tutorials on a range of topics that includes using MeerKAT public data, as well as problem sets and solutions are available.

For more information about the E-Learning, contact

arrow Scholarships, Postdoctoral Fellowships and Grants
SARAO offers postgraduate bursaries, grants and fellowships to students who excel in their studies and are interested to join research teams at the cutting edge of technology.

arrow Research Chairs
The SA Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation aims to strengthen science and engineering in SA by attracting and retaining excellence in research and innovation at South African universities. Five research chairs relevant to the SKA project are currently funded.

arrow Doctoral Research Projects for 2021
Approved Research Projects for SARAO Doctoral Scholarship Students

arrow Masters Research Projects for 2021
Approved Research Projects for SARAO Masters Scholarship Students

arrow Multi-wavelength projects available for MSc and PhD students who would like to study at the South African Astronomical Observatory
The SAAO offers students the opportunity to work with leading researchers on cutting edge astronomy and instrumentation projects. These cover observational and theoretical aspects of stellar and extragalactic astronomy, astronomical instrumentation and computer modelling.

arrow Call for applications for 2021 Graduate Programme
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, which includes the MeerKAT and African SKA programmes, is now recruiting bright and enthusiastic Engineering and Science-Honours graduates for its internship programme.


For more information contact Dr. Mthuthuzeli Zamxaka at